Adults who are travelling should have basic English knowledge. Specific previous knowledge is not necessary – much more important is enthusiasm for plants and animals and the motivation to work and learn actively. All participants should be physically fit. We therefore ask you for a medical certificate about the state of health of all travelers as well a certificate of vaccination. Prior to the departure to South Africa, the entire family need to make sure to get foreign health insurance.
You and your family arrive at the International Airport of Johannesburg (O. R. Tambo International Airport) from where you get picked up and brought to Camp Karongwe in the southwest of the Kruger National Park. Once you’ve arrived there, you can first of all ensconce yourself in your tents and get to know the camp as well as the other participants.
Your five-day safari trial course starts with acquiring important navigation skills and bush survival skills which are necessary to get along in the African bush. Equal to the education of a real Safari guide, you and your family learn the art of tracking and get introduced to the South African wildlife. In a way that is suitable for children, your guide teaches you a deeper understanding about the biodiversity, the ecological networks and the necessity to protect our nature while trying to let you experience unique wildlife-sightings. Evenings by the campfire and identifying stars are also some highlights of the course. Discover South Africa and experience an incredible outdoor adventure with your whole family!
If desired, all participants can get a certificate after finishing the course
We realise that some of the people on our projects in Southern Africa want to see as many animals as possible in their natural environment. However, this is dependent on a number of factors. Please note that NATUCATE makes no guarantee that you will see a variety of animals, in particular the big five, as nature doesn’t always give us what we want. To make such a guarantee would be unprofessional and against our corporate philosophy.
The participants spend the course in the South African Camp Karongwe at the dry river bed of the Karongwe near the Kruger National Park. The Karongwe reservation is suitable to observe several wild animals like lions, leopards, cheetahs, and elephants.
Usually two participants share a tent in the camp. Children may sleep in the tent of their parents. Alternatively, the whole family can sleep in the open on the higher observation decks in the middle of the camp. The available sanitary facilities are used by all participants. In the communal area all participants have their meals together. The tap water is drinking water and you can also buy more drinks in the camp. There is generally no electricity in the camp. As needed, electricity can be produced with the help of a generator so that batteries can be recharged.
Since the mobile reception is usually very bad, solar lamps and satellite telephones are used in the camp.
Everybody interested in our Wilderness Experience should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.